On a visit to Santa Fe, New Mexico, boomers will find plenty of places to stay. From the luxurious Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado to the historic Santa Fe Hotel, accommodations cover every taste and pocketbook. But if you’re looking for a bed and breakfast within walking distance of downtown Santa Fe, Alan and I recommend El Paradero Bed & Breakfast Inn.
An 1800’s era adobe farmhouse, El Paradero offers historic accommodations on quiet West Manhattan. Through the years, the property morphed from farmhouse to hippie commune, eventually becoming Santa Fe’s first bed and breakfast accommodations in the 1970’s. The structure maintained its charms through several architectural reincarnations, which is why you’ll notice Territorial and Victorian touches in some of the building’s details.
Alan and I especially enjoyed El Paradero’s cheerful dining room where a full breakfast includes a hot entrée that changes daily — and is part of the room rate. During our visit, an asparagus and artichoke frittata with potato pancake provided an energizing start to a day of exploring downtown Santa Fe.
From El Paradero, it’s an easy 10-minute walk to Santa Fe Plaza. On the way, you’ll pass the New Mexico State Capitol Building, the only round state capitol building in the United States.
Shoppers will definitely want to visit the Palace of Governors for the display of Native Americans crafts. Because the vendors are licensed, you can be sure of the authenticity of the jewelry, baskets or weavings offered for sale. Your biggest problem will be deciding what to buy.
El Paradero also serves a delicious, and comprehensive, afternoon tea. So make sure that you arrive back at the inn in the late afternoon to enjoy tea or coffee accompanied by a variety of decadent baked goods and pastries.
Dinner’s the time to drive to Canyon Road for gallery hopping before stopping for a meal at any number of restaurants located in the area. On our visit, Alan and I met friends for dinner at El Farol, the oldest bar and restaurant in Santa Fe where the tapas menu is complemented by live entertainment and a vibrant art collection.
El Paradero Bed & Breakfast Inn makes a relaxing base for visiting Santa Fe. One that Alan and I will be visiting again. Maybe next time we’ll make it a romantic getaway.
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Note: El Pardero has undergone a colorful interior redesign since our last visit so the photos here do not represent the inn’s current look.